TOP 12 SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FESTIVALS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesConsidering the huge immigration of Scottish people to Canada in the past two centuries, it is of no surprise that there are so many Scottish heritage games, festivals and celebrations right across Canada each year.

All these events celebrating Scottish origins showcase Scottish athletics, highland dancing, Celtic music, pipe band competitions and more – a wealth of entertainment and you don’t even have to be Scottish to enjoy it.









Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival
mid May
Victoria, Vancouver Island (BC)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesA popular Highland Games event for 150 years, the Victoria Highland Games on Vancouver Island features Scottish pipers, drummers, dancers and athletes from throughout the world and particularly the Pacific Northwest competing in heavy event challenges, pipe band contests, and highland dancing. Still more popular events include the Tartan Parade winding its way through downtown Victoria, the Clan Torchlight Ceremony held on the front lawn of the Legislature to acknowledge the worldwide family of Scottish clans, and the ever sold out Tilted Kilt Pub Crawl on the evening before the main events.

For more information about the Victoria Highland Games visit:
http://victoriahighlandgames.com/





BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival
mid June
Percy Stadium, Coquitlam, Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesThe longest running such games in British Columbia, the BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival offers everything important for such an event including heavy events such as men tossing cabers and heavy hammers, which are among the oldest contested sports in the world, as well a wealth of highland dancing, competitions and informal open-air Sottish summer dancing, and for the children there is haggis hunting – the wee mythical creatures supposedly roaming the grounds.

For more information about the BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival in British Columbia visit:
http://www.bchighlandgames.com





Manitoba Highland Gathering
mid June
Selkirk, Manitoba (MB)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesA Selkirk tradition for over 44 years, the Manitoba Highland Gathering is a celebration of Scottish heritage with a highland dance competition, heavy games competition and the Piping and Drumming competition, heavy games of brawn, sheep shearing and herding, canoe and kayak races, clan booths, a Scottish market, massed bands and even a Scottish pub.

For more information about the Manitoba Highland Gathering visit the official web site at:
http://www.manitobahighlandgathering.org





Summerside Highland Gathering
late June
Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesCelebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, the Summerside Highland Gathering organized by The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, Prince Edward Island features step-dancing, Highland dancing competitions, bagpiping and bagpiping competitions, drumming and a wide range of Scottish athletic events.

For more details about the Summerside Highland Gathering visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/pei-prince-edward-island-summerside-highland-gathering.html
or take a look at the official web site at:
http://www.collegeofpiping.com





Pugwash Gathering of the Clans
1st July
Pugwash, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesThe Gathering of the Clans celebrates the Scottish ancestry of Pugwash, a picturesque harbor on the north shore of Nova Scotia, and includes traditional Highland dancing, Highland pipe bands, piping and drumming competitions, as well as boat races, lobster dinners, craft exhibitions, musical entertainment, street theatre, parades and a fireworks display.

For more information about the Pugwash Gathering of the Clans visit the official web site at:
http://www.pugwashvillage.com




Antigonish Highland Games
mid July
Antigonish, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesAn important event for one and a half centuries, the week long Antigonish Highland Games celebrating Scottish culture has been named one of North America’s 100 best events in 2013 and features a variety of new and traditional highland games, athletes and competitions, and a wide presentation of musical contests and performances from pipers, drummers and highland dancers from right across Canada and all over the world.

For more information about the Antigonish Higland Games visit:
http://www.antigonishhighlandgames.ca/





Highland Games Festival
late July
Fredericton, New Brunswick (NB)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesA popular event for over 30 years, the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival celebrates Scottish culture with games showcasing the skills of those expert in piping and drumming, highland dancing competitions and traditional athletics and celebrations offering entertainment and workshops. Take in piping, drumming and dancing competitions, Scottish heavy events and much more on the grounds of Government House.

For more information about the Highland Games Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/New-Brunswick-NB-top-events-festivals-Highland-Games-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://www.highlandgames.ca





Glengary Highland Games
early August
Maxville, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesA popular event for over half a century, the Glengary Highland Games attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and has become one of the largest Highland Games in the world. Popular attractions of the Glengary Highland Games include competitions involving the seemingly impossible tossing of huge telephone-pole sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers, as well as an outstanding display of music including more than 60 pipe bands and 200 dancers taking part in the Highland Dance competition.

For more information about the Glengary Highland Games visit:
http://www.glengarryhighlandgames.com/





Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
mid August
Fergus, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesThe increasingly popular three-day Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games event features a wealth of traditional highland games events including highland dancing, piping, drums, bands, singing, bagpipes, traditional Celtic music as well as the lure of beer tents and vendors selling appropriate Scottish arts, souvenirs and crafts.

For more information about the Fergus Scottish Festival visit:
http://www.fergusscottishfestival.com/





North Lanark Highland Games
late August
Almonte, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesAttracting over 6,000 visitors every year, the North Lanark Highland Games features a wide variety of Highland Games events including champion heavyweight athletic contests, music competitions for more than twenty pipe bands and over a hundred dancers, music events focussing on piping, drumming and dancing as well as a wealth of particularly Scottish themed shopping including traditional clothing, souvenir items and arts and crafts as well as all sorts of options for Scottish food and refreshments.

For more information about the North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte, Ontario visit:
http://www.almontehighlandgames.com





Canmore Highland Games
first Monday of September (Labor Day)
Canmore, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesFor over twenty years, the Canmore Highland Games has showcased everything to be expected of an Highland games event including heavy sports contests like those typically to be anticipated at Highland games anywhere in the world as well as sheep dog demonstrations, and the equally popular highland dance competition, piping and drumming competitions, massed bands, as well as an offering of a wide variety of Celtic wares and traditional food and beverages.

For more information about the Canmore Highland Games in Alberta visit:
http://www.canmorehighlandgames.ca





Calgary Highland Games
early September
Calgary, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesOne of the oldest gatherings in North America, now celebrating a hundred years of popularity, the Calgary Highland Games is also recognized as one of the premier Highland Games in Western Canada. Showcasing competitors from all over the world, the Calgary Highland Games features a wide range of traditional, athletic events including the ever popular and grueling caber toss, tug-o-war, and Western Canada’s top Amateur throwers, as well as a wide display of dancing, piping and drumming.

For more information about the Calgary Highland Games visit:
http://calgaryhighlandgames.org/










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